Tamako Market たまこまーけっと

Welcome to this week’s review of notable instances of transit, place and culture as rendered in anime currently broadcast in Japan and simulcast internationally via the web. For a detailed outline of the approach, please refer to the explanation in the inaugural issue. Links to streaming sources are included when available, though not all may have current episode available at the time this column is published.

Tamako Market

(たまこまーけっと Tamako Māketto)
Watch: Anime Network

Google Map Update

Just a few extra notes this week. Other than a few new camera angles and handful of building facades, there wasn’t much to add:

Episode 3

Tamako Market たまこまーけっと

Shiori gazes down the canal from the pedestrian overcrossing.

Tamako Market たまこまーけっと

Midori, Tamako and Kanna walk along the canal, under the cherry blossoms.

Tamako Market たまこまーけっと

After crossing the bridge, students use this alley to get to the street where the academy is located.

Tamako Market たまこまーけっと

Shiori stands in the small shopping district near the academy. In the Street View image (below) you can see not just the obvious things like the elevated highway and store awnings, but even the Yamato Transport (black cat on yellow oval) advertisement is included.

Tamako Market たまこまーけっと

Tamako Market たまこまーけっと

Tamako Market たまこまーけっと

Tamako Market たまこまーけっと

Tamako Market たまこまーけっと

One thing that Kyoto locals picked out early on, and that became very obvious as of episode 3, was that the show gives the impression that the academy and Usagiyama Shōtengai are within walking distance of each other. This is why we haven’t seen any commutes on the Keihan Main Line (京阪本線), which would be the fastest way to get between the two in real life.

Tamako Market たまこまーけっと

Tamako Market たまこまーけっと

Tamako Market たまこまーけっと

Shopkeepers at the shōtengai mistake Shiori for Tamako, but are happy to hear that she is one of Tamako’s acquaintances.

Tamako Market たまこまーけっと

Tamako Market たまこまーけっと

In Usagiyama, knowing Tamako is the key to getting free stuff.

Tamako Market たまこまーけっと

Tamako Market たまこまーけっと

Tamako Market たまこまーけっと

Free croquette

Tamako Market たまこまーけっと

There was an interesting article on Informal City Dialogues this week comparing the unplanned development that occurred in Tokyo after WWII with that currently going on in several developing countries. It calls out the tool-house phenomenon, where zoning rules (or lack thereof) allow craftspeople to setup a shop in the lower level of a building, while living in the back or upper compartment. This is found all over Europe and was a key part of why Tokyo’s ground up re-development was the economic driver that it was/is. Tama-ya, with the mochi shop at street level and living quarters above, is exactly that.

Tamako Market たまこまーけっと

Tamako Market たまこまーけっと

Tamako Market たまこまーけっと

Shiori’s learns her home bath is broken, so she joins Tamako and Anko at Usa-yu, the public bath (銭湯 sentō).

Tamako Market たまこまーけっと

Tamako Market たまこまーけっと

Tamako Market たまこまーけっと

Tamako Market たまこまーけっと

We’ve walked past it often, but this is the first time the show depicts Fujinomori Station (藤森駅).

Tamako Market たまこまーけっと

Tamako Market たまこまーけっと

Tamako Market たまこまーけっと

Tamako Market たまこまーけっと

Tamako Market たまこまーけっと

Tamako Market たまこまーけっと

Tamako’s teacher asks Shiori for help finding Tamako’s home for his scheduled visit with her family.

Tamako Market たまこまーけっと

Everyone in the shōtengai introduces him or herself and asks about Tamako’s progress at school or thanks the teacher for his hard work.

Tamako Market たまこまーけっと

Tamako Market たまこまーけっと

Tamako Market たまこまーけっと

Tamako Market たまこまーけっと

Tamako Market たまこまーけっと

One gets the impression that everyone in the shōtengai considers Tamako his or her child. Maybe this is something along the lines of the fullest expression of a strong community.

Tamako Market たまこまーけっと

Tamako Market たまこまーけっと

Tamako Market たまこまーけっと

Tamako and Shiori kindle their nascent friendship at the cafe/record shop.

Tamako Market たまこまーけっと

Tamako Market たまこまーけっと

Tamako Market たまこまーけっと

Tamako Market たまこまーけっと

Usagiyama Shōtengai goes to sleep.

Amnesia

(アムネシア Amuneshia)
Watch: Crunchyroll

Episode 3

Amnesia アムネシア

I finally figured out where in Tokyo Amnesia is set. In hindsight, considering that the show is based on an Otome game, I should have thought to look around Ikebukuro, where a small but focused group of businesses catering to the female otaku market are located in an area informally referred to as Otome Road. I didn’t realize it until the end of the episode, when the show threw me a bone in the form of a tram car.

Amnesia アムネシア

The Heroine’s apartment is on the east side of the Toden Arakawa Line tracks, near Toden-Zōshigaya Station (都電雑司ヶ谷駅).

The building in the show is not actually here, so either the Street View images are dated or the building is fictional. It does look similar to the non-descript manshon residences in the neighborhood.

Amnesia アムネシア

Amnesia アムネシア

Amnesia アムネシア

The combined college and high school that the Heroine and Shin attend is loosely modeled after Ochanomizu University.

Amnesia アムネシア

Amnesia アムネシア

The mimicked Jonathan’s and Caffe Veloce are directly across the street from Sunshine City. This almost looks like an actual photo that was posterized in Photoshop.

Amnesia アムネシア

Amnesia アムネシア

Amnesia アムネシア

Amnesia アムネシア

I realized there was a good chance that Meido no Hitsuji, the maid and butler cafe where the heroine works part-time (or a place on which it was based), was on Otome Road.

And there it was. Ta-da!

Amnesia アムネシア

Amnesia アムネシア

The Toden Arakawa Line is the last extant streetcar line of a network that once boasted 41 lines and 241 km of track needled throughout Tokyo. Over time the lines were gradually phased out in favor of bus and subway routes, leaving Arakawa as something of a novelty. Last fall I rode the line from end to end, about 50 minutes from Minowabashi to Waseda.

Amnesia アムネシア

Amnesia アムネシア

Amnesia アムネシア

Amnesia アムネシア

Amnesia アムネシア

Minowabashi bound

Amnesia アムネシア

The Pet Girl of Sakurasou

(さくら荘のペットな彼女 Sakura-sō no Petto na Kanojo)
Watch: CrunchyrollAnime Network

Episode 15

The Pet Girl of Sakurasou さくら荘のペットな彼女

Sakura Dormitory is closed for the new year holiday. Everyone volunteers Sorata to host them at his home. His family lives in Fukuoka, so time for a trip on the Shinkansen. This is a 700 series train.

The Pet Girl of Sakurasou さくら荘のペットな彼女

This is the Sanyō Shinkansen (山陽新幹線) arriving at Hakata Station (博多駅). They would have first had to take the Tōkaidō Shinkansen (東海道新幹線) from Tokyo to Shin-Osaka and change to the second line. However, some of the Tōkaidō Nozomi and Hikari services continue through as the Sanyō and go all the way to Hakata Station.

The Pet Girl of Sakurasou さくら荘のペットな彼女

The Pet Girl of Sakurasou さくら荘のペットな彼女

The Pet Girl of Sakurasou さくら荘のペットな彼女

The Pet Girl of Sakurasou さくら荘のペットな彼女

The Pet Girl of Sakurasou さくら荘のペットな彼女

Hakata Station

The Pet Girl of Sakurasou さくら荘のペットな彼女

The Pet Girl of Sakurasou さくら荘のペットな彼女

The Pet Girl of Sakurasou さくら荘のペットな彼女

This is also a 700 series train. One way to distinguish it from the N700 is the location of headlights just under the windshield.

The Pet Girl of Sakurasou さくら荘のペットな彼女

The Pet Girl of Sakurasou さくら荘のペットな彼女

Ekiben (駅弁)

The Pet Girl of Sakurasou さくら荘のペットな彼女

Love Live! School Idol Project

(ラブライブ! Rabu Raibu!)
Watch: Crunchyroll

Episode 3

Love Live! School Idol Project ラブライブ!

Training continues at Kanda Shrine (神田明神).

Love Live! School Idol Project ラブライブ!

Love Live! School Idol Project ラブライブ!

Love Live! School Idol Project ラブライブ!

A quick visit to Akihabara. One thing that’s interesting is that, while many of the store names have been slightly altered, which happens frequently in anime, the Gamers store signage appears unchanged. Sponsorship, perhaps?

Love Live! School Idol Project ラブライブ!

Love Live! School Idol Project ラブライブ!

Gashapon machines outside Gamers

Love Live! School Idol Project ラブライブ!

I think I’ve given up trying to locate “Otonokizaka” High School. It’s either right under my nose and I keep missing something, or it’s not actually based on a real place in that area. Will let you know if I hear anything new.

Da Capo III

(〜ダ・カーポ III〜 Da Kāpo III)
Watch: Crunchyroll

Episode 3

Da Capo III 〜ダ・カーポ III〜

I didn’t have high expectations for this show, foreseeing a mostly fluff story interspersed with bits of fanservice. While it is that, I continue to be impressed by how much detail was put into creating the local community.

Da Capo III 〜ダ・カーポ III〜

Da Capo III 〜ダ・カーポ III〜

Da Capo III 〜ダ・カーポ III〜

Da Capo III 〜ダ・カーポ III〜

Da Capo III 〜ダ・カーポ III〜

Da Capo III 〜ダ・カーポ III〜

This is the kind of thing that makes you want to jump in and walk around a bit.

Da Capo III 〜ダ・カーポ III〜

Da Capo III 〜ダ・カーポ III〜

Da Capo III 〜ダ・カーポ III〜

Da Capo III 〜ダ・カーポ III〜

Da Capo III 〜ダ・カーポ III〜

Da Capo III 〜ダ・カーポ III〜

Lively shōtengai

Da Capo III 〜ダ・カーポ III〜

Da Capo III 〜ダ・カーポ III〜

Kotoura-San

(琴浦さん)
Watch: Crunchyroll

Episode 3

Kotoura-san 琴浦さん

Karaoke after school

Kotoura-san 琴浦さん

Everyone walks home.

Kotoura-san 琴浦さん

Kotoura-san 琴浦さん

Kotoura-san 琴浦さん

Kotoura stops in a covered shōtengai to pickup groceries.

Kotoura-san 琴浦さん

Kotoura-san 琴浦さん

Kotoura-san 琴浦さん

Kotoura-san 琴浦さん

Kotoura-san 琴浦さん

PSYCHO-PASS

(サイコパス Saiko Pasu)
Watch: Funimation • Hulu

Episode 14

PSYCHO-PASS サイコパス

Scramble crossing. Surprisingly, not Shibuya!

PSYCHO-PASS サイコパス

PSYCHO-PASS サイコパス

This might actually be Shibuya or Shinjuku, but hard to tell.

PSYCHO-PASS サイコパス

PSYCHO-PASS サイコパス

PSYCHO-PASS サイコパス

PSYCHO-PASS サイコパス

PSYCHO-PASS サイコパス

The grit clings to life in the spaces between the gears of an otherwise gleaming machine.

Oreshura

(俺の彼女と幼なじみが修羅場すぎる Ore no Kanojo to Osananajimi ga Shuraba Sugiru)
Watch: Crunchyroll

Episode 3

Oreshura 俺の彼女と幼なじみが修羅場すぎる

More of Eita, Masazu and Chiwa walking home from school.

Oreshura 俺の彼女と幼なじみが修羅場すぎる

Oreshura 俺の彼女と幼なじみが修羅場すぎる